Sony just announced a ton of new features currently in development. Features like support for 1440 p output are teased in front of some time while others, like the ability to natively join a Discord voice chat, feel like they should have been announced earlier than several years into the console’s lifecycle.
You won’t be the first to access these features unless you’re selected for the beta, but they look pretty promising. You can finally make Discord calls directly from your PlayStation 5 and show the game you’re playing to whoever you’re talking to (just like the mobile and desktop versions).
The PS5 will also get other notable social features. You’ll finally be able to request screen share directly from your friends’ profiles, join gaming sessions via “Party” chats, and see whatever games your friends have on their account. If you’re picky about who can join your games (like me), don’t worry: Sony is giving PS5 owners the ability to dictate who can and can’t join your games.
These additions are potentially huge benefits to the multiplayer ecosystem that Sony has been trying to build out since then Bungie acquired for $3.6 billion. And accordingly a financial call as of last year, multiplayer was the biggest reason PlayStation Plus users kept paying to use Sony’s gaming subscription service every month.
Even if you’re not big on multiplayer, Sony is developing features that apply to all PlayStation owners. The one I’m most excited about is the ability to use a voice command to record video. You wouldn’t be hand-feeding the details either; you can create presets for how long an average clip should be.
If you’ve recently upgraded to a current-gen console, you probably remember that game save transfers are a huge pain point. At the time, the only way to move your PlayStation 4 storage to your new console was by digging into your cloud storage. PlayStation Plus subscribers will eventually be able to transfer save data automatically. Even if you don’t pay for Sony’s gaming subscription service, you’ll soon be able to transfer data between individual PS5s. You know, now that it’s supposedly possible for the average person secure more than one console.
If you’re lucky enough to receive a beta sign-up email, you can check out these features before anyone else. So check your inbox carefully.